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spring3100 11-05-2012 10:56 PM

Basement Ceiling Drywall Question
 
Have 24 inch O.C. Floor joists,will I need to place 5/8,or is there a 1/2 inch product that I can install.

Looking to do some sort of texture on the ceiling.

Worried about it sagging,as it is a 40 foot run of board.

joecaption 11-05-2012 11:00 PM

Why not be safe and just use 5/8?
With a drywall lift and using 12' long sheets it's no harder then using 1/2"

princelake 11-06-2012 04:37 PM

there is 1/2 sag resistant and i believe the new ultra light drywall is rated for 24" centers. save your back and get the 1/2. 5/8" is always so much more of a pain.

mae-ling 11-06-2012 05:11 PM

5/8" can also be fire rated which may be a concern. If not the 1/2" light/ceiling board/whatever they call it is great to work with.

princelake 11-06-2012 08:30 PM

yup i only use 5/8" if it has to be meet fire code or to match up old drywall.

ToolSeeker 11-07-2012 07:37 PM

Since a basement ceiling is usually filled with all sorts of goodies like pipes, wiring, and other things have you considered a drop ceiling so you will have access?

spring3100 11-08-2012 05:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ToolSeeker (Post 1046972)
Since a basement ceiling is usually filled with all sorts of goodies like pipes, wiring, and other things have you considered a drop ceiling so you will have access?

It is a truss floor,so all piping and wiring is already hidden,trying to make the basement look exactly like the rest of the house,as it is a walkout with a waterview,it deserves it! Thanks for the input

princelake 11-08-2012 05:29 PM

ya i kind of agree with toolseeker. even if they are hidden, pipes can burst, electrical can screw up. there are lots of options for nice looking tiles to give you access to everything. but i have to say drywalled basement ceilings do look good. atleast put in some access panels or heat registers.

bjbatlanta 12-05-2012 05:05 PM

Price the drop ceiling compared to drywall...metal is very expensive. I do both types of ceilings and I would recommend drywall unless there's just too much "stuff" to frame around. Go to the USG website and you'll find the new lightweight 1'2" drywall is acceptable for 24" centers with a "water based texture" applied. WHY FIGHT 5/8" IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO? You've got "hidden pipes and electrical that can screw up" on the main floor(s) of the house, but you don't put in drop ceilings! Frame around any water/gas shutoffs and use a return air grill to hide it. (Or there are plastic access panels available at HD or Lowes.) Use adhesive and screws/nails.


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